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yourself, seem to be upset the fbi was doing this whole investigation or knew what he knew. and they weren't told. can you fill me in on the role of congress as a sitting body. might there be hearings into all of these e-mails between the top general in afghanistan and general patraeus and his biographer? what is the thinking there? >> sometimes members of congress get outraged for all the wrong reasons. the bottom line is the fbi was looking into something that could have been a national security risk. and i think until they finish their investigation, the question whether or not they need to inform congress depends on whether or not there's an intelligence breech. they found out there wasn't any. >> but there is a different standard for the people who serve on the intelligence committees and the congress in general. are supposed to be informed if there is a situation developing that could result in a national security breech. and this is a place where i think the chairman of the committee in the senate, in the house both believe they deserve to have information about an fbi investigation
a brighter spotlight into david patraeus. overnight fbi agents saefrped the home of the alleged mistress with lingering questions about whether she had access to sensitive information. defense secretary penetta says patraeus needed to step down. >> i think he took the right step and i think it's important when you're director of the cia with all of the challenges that face you in that position that personal integrity comes first and for most. >> and as far as general allen is concerned, senior u.s. official says he h done nothing wrong but the investigation continues and they are going through 20 to 30,000 documents just in this case. >> thank you, doug. congress returns to work today. no doubt at the top of the agenda is avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff. they have until december 31st to reach a compromise or tax increases and spending cuts will kick in. president obama and vice president biden will find a balanced approach to reduce the federal deficit. >>> and now to a news alert out of the district. former dc council chair qualmie brown will be sentenced on bank charges. >> also ca
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